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    "But the helper, the holy spirit, which the Father will send in my name, that one will teach you all things and bring back to your minds all the things I told you." (John 14:26. NWT)

    John and Jane Doe Watch Tower Society missionaries are taught to believe that God's spirit is alongside assisting them to identify, and to understand, the correct interpretations of the Bible. However, the Society's missionaries are also taught that only a special guild of 144,000 anointed Jehovah's Witnesses actually have the Spirit inside them rather than alongside and that is very serious. Here's why:

    "You are in harmony, not with the flesh, but with the spirit, if God's spirit truly dwells in you. (Rom 8:9, NWT)

    Seeing as how God's spirit does not truly dwell in John and Jane Doe missionary, then they are, by default, in harmony with the flesh. That only makes things worse. Here's why:

    "For those who are in accord with the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those in accord with the spirit on the things of the spirit. For the minding of the flesh means death, but the minding of the spirit means life and peace; because the minding of the flesh means enmity with God, for it is not under subjection to the law of God, nor, in fact, can it be. So those who are in harmony with the flesh cannot please God." (Rom 8:5-8)

    Bottom line: John and Jane Doe missionary displease God, and He displeases them; viz: it's mutual; yet John and Jane Doe go door to-door brazenly passing themselves off as God's friends and allies.

    I think it probably goes without saying that John and Jane Doe are ill equipped to spot the people who truly have God's spirit dwelling in them; viz: it takes one to know one.

    That being the case; then the hewers of wood and haulers of water— the great crowd; a.k.a. the earthly class —are pretty much stuck with taking the Society's word for it that the core doctrines they carry with them all around the world were formulated by Witnesses with God's spirit truly dwelling in them.

    Here's a plausible scenario:

    Millions of so-called Jehovah's witnesses are subpoenaed to stand trial on the same date at the Great White Throne event depicted at Rev 20:11-15. The first one on the docket is Charles Taze Russell. Within minutes it becomes apparent to everyone present that the founder of the Watch Tower Society never had God's spirit truly dwelling in him: no, not even for a minute.

    Next up is Joseph Franklin Rutherford; another key player in the Watch Tower Society's structure. Within minutes it becomes apparent to everyone present that he too never truly had God's spirit dwelling in him.

    Where does that leave John and Jane Doe missionary?

    Well; if an axe is laid to the root of a tree, won't the whole tree fall? Yes; it will. In other words: every so-called Jehovah's witness in the gallery will turn pale and clammy with panic knowing that whatever befalls Russell and Rutherford will also befall them; just as whatever befalls Muhammad will befall every Muslim who believed in him.

    "As for all the liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur." (Rev 21:8, NWT)

    Burning sulfur emits a toxic fume so that the lake will not only suffice for a crematorium, but also a gas chamber. However, the corpses of the lost won't be utterly destroyed; but will be kept intact as perpetual nourishment for a curious species of fire-proof worm.

    "And it will certainly occur that from new moon to new moon and from sabbath to sabbath all flesh will come in to bow down before me, Jehovah has said.

    . . . And they will actually go forth and look upon the carcasses of the men that were transgressing against me; for the very worms upon them will not die and their fire itself will not be extinguished, and they must become something repulsive to all flesh." (Isa 66:22-24, NWT)

    That rather grisly scene depicts a sort of tourist attraction similar to the La Brea Tar Pits museum in Los Angeles where the remains of prehistoric creatures, excavated from ancient asphalt deposits are on display.

    A worm that thrives in fire is pretty amazing, but not unreasonable. The 4-inch Pompeii worm lives in sea water temperatures of 176° Fahrenheit; hot enough to kill salmonella and sanitize an egg. So I guess if God could create a worm like the Pompeii, it shouldn't be too difficult for Him to create worms that like it even warmer.

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    †. 1John 2:26-27 . .These things I write you about those who are trying to mislead you. And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but, as the anointing from him is teaching you about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in union with him.

    The anointing provides people with some valuable advantages to which people who lack it of course have no access.

    1• Protects people from deception

    2• Enables people to grasp Jesus Christ's teachings the way he wants them grasped

    3• Makes it possible for people to remain in union with him.

    The point is: according to Watch Tower Society theology, only 144,000 special Jehovah's Witnesses have the anointing. There aren't that many living Witnesses who have the anointing though because when anointed Witnesses die, their passing doesn't create vacancies; viz: 144,000 is the maximum.

    What that means is: the vast majority of living Witnesses don't have the anointing. We're talking about some serious numbers here. Currently, there are approximately 8.2 million living Witnesses. Even if all 144,000 anointed Witnesses were alive today, that would leave 8,056,000 Witnesses roaming the earth in our day who 1) have no protection from deception, 2) are unable to grasp Jesus Christ's teachings the way he wants them grasped, and 3) are not in union with him.

    Doubtless there are numbers of John and Jane Doe Witnesses who sincerely believe that their association with the Watch Tower Society keeps them in union with Jesus Christ; but according to 1John 2:26-27, union with Jesus Christ isn't accomplished by association with an organization; it's accomplished by means of the anointing.

    Needless to say: when people are not in union with Jesus Christ; then they are not on his side. There is no neutral ground in this. They're either for Jesus Christ or they're against Jesus Christ.

    †. Matt 12:30 . . He that is not on my side is against me, and he that does not gather with me scatters.

    It is really disturbing to think that there are a minimum of 8,056,000 Watch Tower Society agents out there passing themselves off as Yhvh's servants when they are not even working in cooperation with His beloved son Jesus Christ.

    You know who the worst kind of liar is? It's someone who lies to themselves. In other words: Watch Tower Society missionaries who sincerely believe themselves in union with Jesus Christ without the anointing, are the worst kind of liar because they literally have themselves fooled into believing something that isn't true. Ironically, their own selves are actually "one of those who are trying to mislead you".

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    The Watch Tower Society's NWT translates a portion of John 4:24 like this:

    "God is a Spirit"

    The Watch Tower Society spelled "Spirit" upper case; but not all translators do. For example the NIV, the NAS, and the NASB spell "spirit" lower case.

    Anyway, the NWT has Christ moving on to say:

    "and those worshiping him must worship with spirit"

    The Kingdom Interlinear doesn't translate the Greek word έv that way; instead it translates έv as "in".

    Seeing as how the Interlinear trumps the NWT; then we should plug "in" into Christ's statement, so that it looks like this:

    "and those worshiping him must worship in spirit"

    Now according to the Watch Tower Society's theology, humans are entirely physical; which is a bit problematic because it looks to me that Christ was saying that the Father wants people to worship Him as a species of life comparable to His own, except that humans are said to be entirely physical: they aren't spirit in which to worship so how are they supposed to become spirit? And if humans are not spirit, then they're worship is currently substandard.

    This is a crucial question because according to Christ, spirit-on-spirit worship of God isn't optional; no, it's a must.

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    †. John 2:19-22 . . Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days. Therefore the Jews said: This temple was built in forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?

    . . . But he was talking about the temple of his body. When, though, he was raised up from the dead, his disciples called to mind that he used to say this; and they believed the Scripture and the saying that Jesus said.

    Now I should think that anybody with even a sixth grader's level of reading comprehension would easily see that Christ was speaking of a physical resurrection for himself rather than a spirit resurrection.

    Watchtower Society missionaries have informed me that, instead of restoring Jesus Christ's corpse to life, God dismantled it into a zillion teensy little microscopic pieces and scattered them to the four winds. However, even if the missionaries' affirmation was actually stated in the Bible record; Christ's remains wouldn't have remained in a microscopic condition for longer than three days or people would have good reason to believe he told a big whopper at John 2:19-22 --not just about that; but about other things he said too.

    The Society's resurrection doctrine perpetuates a version of the lie that guards were bribed to say Jesus Christ's corpse was stolen away so that his disciples could claim a resurrection took place when none had; except the Society's version says it was Yhvh who stole Christ's corpse instead of his disciples; insinuating that God is a grave robber.

    According to Heb 6:1-2, resurrection is an elementary subject; in other words: it's for beginners. Well; think about it. If the Watchtower Society's resurrection doctrine is faulty; just think how much more faulty its advanced doctrines must be.

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    Watchtower Society sophists argue that the account of the metemorphe (transfiguration) found at Matt 17:1-9 showed Jesus' true angelic form, proving his ability to materialize a human form at will. Oh? Does it?

    According to the Society's own doctrines, Christ's true angelic form is a spirit being named Michael. Also according to Society doctrines, it is impossible to exist as a spirit being and a human being both at the same time. So then, had Jesus Christ undergone a change of nature in the transfiguration scene, he would have also undergone a change of name, but at no time during the event was he ever referred to as Michael; but throughout the event continued to be referred to as Jesus; which is his human name.

    During the event, a voice from heaven identified Jesus as "my beloved son". According to the first chapter of the letter to Hebrews, God has never taken an angel as either His son or His heir.

    According to Luke's version, Moses and Elijah were also emitting a bright light. Were they angels too? I don't think so; and besides, Moses was supposed to be dead; but there he was in person alive as ever.

    All three of the synoptic gospels report the transfiguration event as a preview of the future kingdom; which, according to Heb 2:5-8 will be ruled, managed, and supervised by human beings rather than by angel beings. This presents a knotty problem for the Society because according to its sophists, Jesus' body cannot be taken off the altar; viz: it has to stay dead and cached away somewhere on the earth in order to remain an effective sacrifice for the sins of the world.

    The fact of the matter is that had Jesus morphed into an angel; the sacred text would say so; but it doesn't; indicating that the Society has gone and done something very common with cultists like Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, Herbert W. Armstrong, David Koresh, and Jim Jones: it has interpreted the Bible to mean things that it does not say in writing. According to 2Pet 3:15, people who distort the Bible's teachings with unsubstantiated fantasy do so at their own peril.

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    Eternal life is easily confused with immortality. The two are not one and the same. Immortality defines the characteristics of a supernatural body impervious to death and putrefaction; and seeing as how believers die every day around clock then it's obvious that they don't have immortality yet; and according to Rom 8:23-25 and 1Cor 15:35-58 believers won't have immortality till some time in the future. But according to John 3:36, John 6:47, John 5:24, and 1John 5:13 they have eternal life now.

    Q: If eternal life has no relation to longevity: then what is it?

    A: Humans are the kind of people they are because they have human nature. God is the kind of person He is because He has divine nature. In point to fact: God has the divine nature because there are no other true divinities but Himself. (John 17:3)

    It's doesn't take a Th.D to appreciate just how much easier it would be for a human to relate to God if humans had His nature instead of their nature. And that, by the way, is the primary reason why Jesus Christ distributes eternal life to the sheep that God entrusts to his care.

    †. John 17:2-3 . .You have given Your son authority over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as You have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

    Christ's statement is nothing short of blasphemy to the mind of a Torah trained Jew because what Jesus is saying is that God has given His son the power to endow certain select individuals with the heart and soul of a god; in point of fact: the God. Peter saw it that way too.

    †. 2Pet 1:3-4 . . His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature.

    The divine nature isn't an organic kind of life, viz: it's a supernatural kind of life; which is how it's possible for people to have it while mortal. In other words: eternal life isn't meant to keep people from dying. For example: Jesus Christ had eternal life (John 5:26, Col 2:9, 1John 1:1-2) but though he's immortal now (Rom 6:9) he wasn't immortal when he was here-- the cross proved that much.

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    Watch the verb "became" in this next verse because it's very important.

    †. 1Cor 15:45 . . It is even so written: "The first man Adam became a living soul." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

    When did Adam become a living soul? Answer: at his resurrection? No, at his birth. When did the last Adam become a life-giving spirit? Answer: at his resurrection? No, at his birth too.

    Some folks object to the above answer by saying that the portion of 1Corinthians where 15:45 is located is all about resurrection rather than birth. Oh? Then what's Adam's origin doing in there instead of his resurrection?

    The point is: Watchtower theology holds that it's impossible for someone to exist as a spirit being and as a human being simultaneously; and that's why they say that the Word of John 1:1-4 had to give up its existence as a spirit being in order to become the human being of John 1:14. Well; that's what the Society says about Jesus Christ; but it's not what the Bible says.

    According to 1John 1:1-2 the kind of life that's in the Word of John 1:1-4 is everlasting life; which is a kind of life that's impervious to death; and that's why it's impossible for the Word to relinquish its existence in order to become a human being.

    †. John 1:1-4 . . In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. This one was in the beginning with God. All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence. What has come into existence by means of him was life.

    In other words: Adam came into human existence with life; but not by the power of his own life. In contrast, the Word came into human existence by the power of his own life; viz: Adam was never even a life-giving man let alone a life-giving spirit; but the Word is both.

    †. John 5:26 . . For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself.

    Well; if the life that's in the Father is eternal life, then the life that's in His son is eternal life too. And if the kind of life that's in God is a life-giving kind of life, then the life that's in His son is a life-giving kind of life too.

    The Watch Tower Society insists that human life is entirely organic. Well; Christ wasn't entirely organic. Within him was not just human life; but also the life of God.

    †. Col 2:9 . . It is in him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells bodily.

    Surely at least a portion of the divine quality is the power to both give and to sustain all manner of life. So even had Christ not been a life-giving spirit, he was at the very least a life-giving man.

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    †. 1Pet 3:18-20 . .Why, even Christ died once for all time concerning sins, a righteous person for unrighteous ones, that he might lead you to God, he being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit. (Note the language. He wasn't made alive as a spirit, but rather; in the spirit.)

    . . . In this state also he went his way and preached to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient when the patience of God was waiting in Noah's days, while the ark was being constructed, in which a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water.

    One popular theory regarding the "spirits in prison" is that they were renegade angels that somehow mated with women to produce a curious species of hominids called Nephilim.

    That theory seems to me the least tenable since Jesus Christ died to ransom his fellow men from the wrath of God rather than angels; so preaching to them would be a waste of time and resources. And anyway, according to Matt 25:41 the fate of fallen angels is set in concrete so preaching to them would be futile.

    It's far more likely that the spirits in prison are the remains of antediluvians who drowned in the Flood. That being the case, then Christ would have preached to them not after they were dead, but while the ark was under construction; viz: the spirit state in which Christ preached to the people in Noah's day would have been the one identified below.

    †. Gen 6:3 . . After that Jehovah said: My spirit shall not act toward man indefinitely

    Jehovah's spirit of course doesn't act towards men via close encounters of a third kind; but rather through holy men; e.g. Abel (Luke 11:50-51), Enoch (Jude 1:14), and Noah. (2Pet 2:5)

    According to the word-for-word Greek version of 1Pet 1:11 in the Kingdom Interlinear, Christ's spirit state was active all through the Old Testament. In point of fact, in every major English translation of 1Pet 1:10-12, the spirit of Christ was active in all the prophets.

    It seems very logical to me that Jehovah's spirit as per Gen 6:3, and Christ's spirit state as per 1Pet 3:18 are speaking of the same spirit. It's not too difficult to understand why the Watchtower Society would not want that to be true.

    OBJECTION: Christ had not yet been put to death in the flesh back in Noah's day while the ark was under construction.

    RESPONSE: Christ was existing in a spirit state way, way back in time prior to the creation of the cosmos with all of its forms of life, matter, and energy. He didn't have to die to get like that.

    †. John 1:1-3 . . In the beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. This one was in the beginning with God. All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence.

    I wonder sometimes if John and Jane Doe Jehovah's Witness have ever questioned why the Word of John 1:1-3 is called that name. Well; it's not too hard to figure out.

    †. John 1:18 . . No man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten god who is in the bosom position with the Father is the one that has explained him.

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    John 5:37 . . Also, the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time nor seen his figure.

    The inaccessible behind the curtain has never communicated with humans directly: not once. Humans have been in touch with the inaccessible indirectly via the Word ever since the garden of Eden.

    †. Gen 3:8 . . Later they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden about the breezy part of the day, and the man and his wife went into hiding from the face of Jehovah God in between the trees of the garden.

    The "voice" of Jehovah God had to be the Word of John 1:1-3. That same voice forbade Adam to taste the fruit.

    †. Gen 2:15-17 . . And Jehovah God proceeded to take the man and settle him in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and to take care of it. And Jehovah God also laid this command upon the man: "From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die."

    In a nutshell; the Word of John 1:1-3 not only speaks for the inaccessible behind the curtain, but also speaks as the inaccessible; so much so that oftentimes you can't tell them apart. Ancient rabbis, baffled by this mysterious voice whose name is apparently the same as his master's; call it Metatron in sacred Jewish literature.

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    Jesus Christ and David are biologically related (Luke 1:32, Rom 1:3). Based upon all the history written about David and his progeny in the Old Testament; I think we can be reasonably sure that Jesus Christ would have both failed and sinned had he been born only of man rather than of both God and man.

    The Watchtower Society is of the opinion that Christ didn't sin because he "chose" not to sin. But that's what they say; it's not what the Bible says. The fact of the matter is, Christ's divine heritage made it impossible for him to sin.

    †. 1John 3:9 . . Everyone who has been born from God does not carry on sin, because His [reproductive] seed remains in such one, and he cannot practice sin, because he has been born from God.

    That translation makes it look as though one born of God sins now and then but not all the time; viz: doesn't make a habit of sin. But the text on the Greek side of the Kingdom Interlinear says that one born of God is not able to sin.

    †. Col 2:9 . . It is in him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells bodily.

    What we're looking at isn't nondescript divine quality; but rather at "the" divine quality; viz: we're looking at the quality of God's divinity; which I think pretty safe to assume is impeccable. I seriously doubt even the Devil himself could fail and/or sin were he brimming with not just a percentage; but with all the quality of God's divinity.

    Q: If it was impossible for Christ to sin; then what practical purpose did his temptation serve?

    A: Temptations are not always lures to evil but also serve as evaluations: like as when Abraham was tasked to sacrifice his son Isaac. Abraham's obedience proves that he was a man of faith; and the Bible's comment that Abraham was God's friend was vindicated.

    It's very common for poorly-trained Bible students to assume Matt 4:1 implies that God's son has some weaknesses that the Devil can exploit if Christ doesn't keep his guard up. But the temptation wasn't a test of his resolve since according to 1John 3:9 it was, and it still is, impossible for Christ to sin. In other words; entrapment is futile since there is nothing in him that finds sin appealing. So why the outback temptation?

    Well; that was for our benefit. Manufacturers routinely proof-test products to assure potential customers that their products are up to the task for which they're designed; plus Christ was vindicated where he says "I always do the things pleasing to Him" (John 8:29)

    Point being: if Christ had to resist the Devil with will power, then he'd be just as flawed as the rest of us and we'd have good reason to believe that the Devil would eventually catch him in a moment of weakness. No doubt the Devil hoped that after forty days in the outback without food that Christ would be worn down to the point where he would no longer care whether he sinned or not. But it made no difference. Christ was still just as impervious to sin after forty days in the outback as he was during the first 30 years of his life in Nazareth because Christ's innocence doesn't depend upon his resolve; but rather, upon his genetics so to speak; viz: upon God's [reproductive] seed.

    While we're on the subject: what is the one thing God cannot do? Well; the Witness' conditioned response is that God cannot lie (Heb 6:18). But a better response than that is God cannot sin. In point of fact: it is just as impossible for God to sin as it is for His progeny to sin. I mean; think about it. If God's progeny is unable to sin due to the intrinsically sinless nature of God's reproductive seed; then it goes without saying that the source of that seed would be unable to sin too.

    †. Jas 1:13 . . For with evil things God cannot be tried.

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    Watch Tower Society theologians allege that Jesus Christ would have no use for a human body in the celestial sphere. However; according to their own theology, the sum total of human existence is the human body; viz: no human body = no human existence. So then, according to their own theology, Jesus Christ has to have a human body just to exist at all as a human being; and I maintain that he has to be a human being in order to officiate as a priest after the manner of Melchizedek because that priesthood has never been bestowed upon an angel.

    †. Ps 110:4 . . Jehovah has sworn (and he will feel no regret): You are a priest to time indefinite according to the manner of Melchizedek

    Melchizedek's only appearance in the Bible occurs at Gen 14:18-20. The letter to Hebrews in the New Testament utilizes him as a "type" of Christ's celestial priesthood.

    The author of the letter to Hebrews was reluctant to discuss Melchizedek's office, and how Christ's current high priest position relates to it, because the recipients of the letter were so spiritually immature, and so disinterested in Bible study, that he feared his comments would result in a ping. In other words: a discussion of Melchizedek and how he relates to Jesus Christ isn't everybody's cup of tea so I won't bother going into detail.

    However; at least one of the salient features of Mel's priesthood should be readily obvious to everybody regardless of their spiritual acumen: Mel was a human being; just as all of God's high priests have always been human beings-- no exceptions. In point of fact, the letter to Hebrews clearly states that high priests are taken from among men (Heb 5:1). So that becomes the #1 qualification for a Melchizedekian priest right out of the box.

    Mel's jurisdiction was on the earth. But that was before Israel's covenanted law established Aaron's priesthood. So when that happened; Mel's post was temporarily suspended; and in point of fact, if Christ were on earth, he would not be a priest because this is Aaron's domain.

    However, though Mel's post was moved to heaven's temple, there were no changes made to the nature of the person who holds the office. In other words; a priest according to the manner of Melchizedek is a human being no matter where he is. And since Ps 110:4 made Jesus Christ a priest to time indefinite, then he will remain a human being to time indefinite; and in order to be a human being, the Society says he has to have a human body because in their theology; human existence is entirely physical.

    †. 1Tim 2:5 . . For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus.

    The words for "men" and "man" in that verse are derived from anthropos (anth'-ro-pos) --a common koiné Greek word for human beings in the New Testament; which is why that passage doesn't say there is one mediator between God and men, an angel, Christ Michael. No it doesn't say an angel, Christ Michael; no, it says a man, Christ Jesus; who everyone knows to be a human being rather than an angel by the same name.

    A search of the entire New Testament for the angel Michael turns up but two references: Jude 1:9 and Rev 12:7. That angel is nowhere in the gospels, nowhere in Acts, and nowhere in the epistles other than Jude. If that angel is so all-fired important; then why is it so marginalized? Even the Society itself is a bit perplexed as to why the name of an angel so highly revered in their theology is nigh unto absent in the New Testament.

    The Society claims that the names Jesus and Michael are interchangeable; but that's the most ridiculous case of apples and oranges on record; not to mention a very serious case of identity fraud. Even if an angel had once existed as a human being named Jesus; it no longer does. Now it exists as an angel being named Michael. The two names aren't interchangeable because the one name denotes a human being and the other name denotes a spirit being. Go ahead; search the New Testament and see how much luck you have finding somebody's name hyphenated like this: Jesus-Michael Christ. You won't because the Society's theology is an utter fantasy.

    Oh what a wicked web we weave,
    When first we practice to deceive.
    -- Sir Walter Scott --

    That poem rings so true. Once Charles T. Russell and/or Joseph F. Rutherford declared that Michael, the Word, and Jesus Christ are the same person by three names; they were faced with the Herculean task of forcing the Bible to agree; and that was quite a challenge; which was accomplished by means of clever amalgams of fiction, sophistry, half-truths, semantic double-speak, and humanistic reasoning whose end result is a language barrier very difficult to surmount when discussing Christ with the Society's door-to-door missionaries.

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